Recreational and commercial fisheries are multi-billion dollar industries in Florida. Increasing demands for both high-quality seafood products and memorable recreational fishing opportunities have placed increased pressure on the stocks of finfish and shellfish species which inhabit the coastal waters of Florida. This increase pressure creates a need for more effective fisheries management programs.
In addition to collaborating with fisheries managers, Florida Sea Grant:
- educates commercial and recreational fisherman on safe handling practices
- restores fisheries habitat by deploying artificial reefs
- funds fisheries related research projects
Selected Florida Sea Grant faculty, staff and students will be presenting at this year’s meeting (August 20-24, 2017 in Tampa) and their presentations will be streamed live via the Florida Sea Grant and Florida Artificial Reefs Facebook pages, as well as recorded and archived at this link.
By focusing on the wise use of Florida’s fisheries resources, we can help ensure that these resources can be appreciated by generations to come.